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KTM is an Austrian motorcycle brand mostly known for its off-road bikes, but it was not always the case. KTM’s adventure started in 1934 when Austrian engineer Johann Trunkenpolz opened a metalworking and locksmith shop that also sold motorcycles and cars, the Kraftfahrzeug Trunkenpolz Mattighofen. As the Second World War unfolded, the main source of income for the young enterprise came from the repair of diesel engines. When the war ended, the need for mechanic repair drastically fell, this is when Trunkenpolz started working on his own motorcycle prototype.
With the knowledge he gained by selling motorcycles and servicing them before the war, Johann Trunkenpolz was able to design his first bike and get it ready by 1951, it was named the R100. Once again prompted with the needs of the war, the shop possessed a drop forge and a foundry. With this equipment, the engineer was able to produce all the parts for the R100 in-house except for the engine. The motorcycle seemed so promising that in 1953, businessman Ernst Kronreif bought a large share of the company and renamed it the Kronreif Trunkenpolz Mattighofen.
As a racing enthusiast, Kronreif registered KTM to the 5th Gaisberg Competition where the company won first, second and third place. These victories were not the last that the KTM racing team would win over the years. The company’s racing wins were surely a great way to demonstrate the quality and performance of the KTM machines and as the brand kept growing, they added a street motorcycle line, a scooter line and a bicycle line.
Early in the 80’s, the company suffered a successive series of hardships. Both the scooter and the moped division experienced bad sales and were dropped but it is nothing considering that both Trunkenpolz and Kronreif died successively. It did not end there as in 1989, Erich Trunkenpolz, who had taken over the company after his father died, also experienced an unexpected death.
In 1991, KTM had to file for bankruptcy and was divided in four separate entities by the banks. The division that made motorcycles was renamed KTM Sportmotorcycle GmbH. It seems that this separation was beneficial for the company as its sales quickly picked up. Soon after, Sportmotorcycles absorbed sibling KTM Werkzeugbau and Swedish motorcycle competitor Husaberg AB.
If your KTM sports the company’s orange color or any KTM color for that matter, we have the color matching touch up paint ready for your motorcycle. In fact, TouchUpDirect’s line of durable KTM touch up paint is ideal to repair any damage done to your bike, tree branch, rock, key or anything really, we stock the format you need.